Or should I say something is rotten with the Boise State football program? Many Fresno State and Boise State fans have characterized me as Boise State Enemy #1. I think of myself as a strong detractor and unrelenting cynic.
To those who know me I truly believe in self reflection pertaining to my professional and personal growth. I embrace the Japanese concept of “Kaizen” or change. I have reflected on my opinion of Boise State football in light of the Donks 13-0 2006 season. I have sought out the opinions of those I trust and across the board the feedback I have received only hardens my opinion of the Boise State football phenomenon.
The information that was shared with me comes from first hand trusted sources. What can be labeled as hearsay and what can be labeled as fact could be debated. Regardless, the overwhelming opinion is something is rotten with Boise State football and the stench may soon be far-reaching. So much that a certain racist, inbred organization in Kansas calling itself the NCAA may soon take notice.
Some have explained Boise State’s success of the last eight seasons as a calculated combination of notoriously weak scheduling, blind luck and flawless execution. Remember the execution portion; I will be coming back to that topic.
Boise State’s combined Strength-of-Schedule, commencing with Dirk Koetter’s 1999 team through the 2006 season, is lower than whale feces. In fact I have not found another D-1A team that has enjoyed such a pristine won/lost percentage and played such a consistently weak schedule.
Would Boise’s record shine if it played a schedule commensurate with the inflated self-opinion BSU fans have for their program? Doubtful. I estimate Boise State would have tasted defeat 12-16 times more if the team had played Pat Hill’s schedule, 1999-2006. My opinion, I am proud to say is shared by several prominent and seasoned Bark Board posters and others including members of the media and football coaches I will not name.
Please take note of Dan “the god,” Hawkins inaugural 2-10 season at Colorado. Also take note of fired ASU Coach Dirk “the Warden” Koetter’s 40-34 record. Up the level of competition to true D-1A standards and the “flawless” coaching records racked up by both at Boise State take an unrecoverable nose dive into the terra firma.
The question we then must ask ourselves is how does a backwater football program ten years removed from D1-AA competition with a third world athletic budget and JUCO stadium become the arguably most celebrated non-BCS football team in America?
Is it the weak schedule? Is it the unbelievable lack of major injuries? Is it blind luck, skill or a combination of all? The answer is yes! And they also CHEAT as well as anyone in the business. I have gleaned the knowledge of several indivuals close to WAC football and media insiders who have expressed without hesitation their opinions.
Boise’s rock solid on the field execution is the result of endless practice repetition, much of which is conducted outside of NCAA rules. The Donks practice countless hours in violation of NCAA rules without remorse or fear. I asked a person close to a WAC football program how Boise State’s execution could be so superior to other WAC teams. I was greeted with a roll of the eyes and the curt statement ‘they cheat like hell and everyone in the conference knows it.” Another question -- why would a program in need of so much from a facility stand point spend millions on an indoor practice facility? To further hide from prying eyes was the answer!
Boise’s practice violations extend beyond the season. I was told their off season work out programs are heavily supervised by coaches in violation of NCAA rules, once again without fear or remorse and without athletic department compliance oversight. As described to me, if Boise has a Compliance Officer the person is deaf and blind.
Boise’s backwater reputation has also allowed them to play dangerously close to the edge regarding academic performance. If you remember a University of Idaho coach once blew the whistle on a member of Dan Hawkins staff attempting to load up Boise players with meaningless units to maintain eligibility. Smoke? Fire? You bet.
To be continued……
until part two is published, for your reading pleasure, I hate you Boise State.